Demi Lovato: "When You're in the Public Eye, Everyone Knows Your Secrets"
The singer on why she’s fighting to break the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Demi Lovato is an outspoken advocate for those suffering from mental illness — and she’s been vocal about her own struggles with drug and alcohol addiction and bipolar disorder — but in a new interview with the Huffington Post, she admitted that deciding to speak up wasn’t an easy choice to make.
“Speaking out about my mental illness was really difficult in the beginning because I kind of didn’t have a choice,” she said. “Unfortunately, when you’re in the public eye, everyone knows your secrets whether you like it or not. I had an opportunity where I could say, ‘Yes, I went to treatment but I’m not going to talk about it,’ but I felt like I could make a difference.”
As of 2013, May is officially mental health month which was set in motion by President Obama, and it has made a huge impact in only a couple of years. This movement has caused other public figures to jump on board to help raise awareness to combat the stigmas associated with seeking treatment. A…
Schizophrenia is an extremely misunderstood psychiatric disorder. Not only do people fail to realize that people with schizophrenia are more likely to be victimized than to be a victimizer, they don’t know what the early warning signs of the disease are. This list comes from the British Columbia Schizophrenia Society. If you notice a friend or family member is showing these signs or if you are showing these, please don’t be afraid to look for treatment.
Mental illness recovery is such a different ball game to physical illness recovery. When your body gets sick, you can take some pills or you’re told ‘stay in bed and get plenty of rest’ and people send you cards and flowers.
When your mind is sick, you have to make yourself do the complete opposite. Take those pills but don’t rely on them, because they won’t cure you. Don’t hide in bed. Get up and face the world. Do the things which you least want to do. Oh, and don’t expect sympathy from people, because even the most patient don’t have a clue how bad it really is in your head. Some people will avoid the topic completely.
It’s tough, and no one else really recognises how hard it is until they go through it themselves. So be proud of yourself. Look at how far you’ve come and reward yourself as often as you like. This is your battle and you’re fighting it one step at a time, and eventually, you will win.
Having a word thrown at you by a complete stranger regarding something you spent two years professionally, and every year since dealing with as a definition of who you are is disgusting.
Thank you for the momentary kick in heart and the sleepless night, but I wouldn’t change a thing about those few years because i wouldn’t be the person I’m so very proud to be today without them. People such as yourself are the very reason why i chose to become a teacher because id still be at a standstill without the influence of one of mine and if i can one day instil that same notion in just one of my students I would have succeeded beyond measure.
I’ll wear that definition knowing that it couldn’t be further from the truth.
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Whenever I get out of my car I get nasty looks. I assume it’s because people think I’m using someone else’s handicap permit or that i don’t deserve it because I’m not “disabled enough”.
And sometimes I feel guilt about parking in a handicap spot even if I’m in severe pain. To the point where I feel like I should limp or appear weaker than I am just to make glaring onlookers look away.
I don’t always use my cane, because some days I can walk just fine. I can’t walk long distances without pain and dizziness. Some days I know I should be in bed but have to work on my feet all day. Some days are better than others.
Not all illnesses are visible 100% of the time. Not all illnesses that make you eligible for a permit are visible.
I should not have to feel guilty for being permanently disabled. I should not have to limp to make others feel more comfortable about my chronic illness.
I hope you know that you are worth it.
I hope you know that you are not alone.
I hope that when you are at your very darkest you remember that this is not your fault.
And I hope that you will have the courage to believe that you can beat this.
[[ Image Description: A photo featuring a proud serval sitting regally, looking at the viewer, with a post on it by user schizosovereign.
The post reads:“So Schizophrenia Awareness Week comes to an end tomorrow
so here’s a not-so-friendly reminder, to everyone across the
schizophrenia spectrum, that the whole reason schizophrenia and similar
illnesses have such negative stigma is because they were associated with black people.
don’t forget to think about intersectionality between race and mental
illnesses. Black people fighting for their rights and freedom has been
pathologised to hell and back (e.g. “drapetomania”) and it’s
disappointing that this very important fact wasn’t brought up this week.” ]]
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